Cathy Linh Che discussing poems and leading the group in generative writing prompts
Cathy Linh Che leads the workshop in discussion of poems by Natalie Diaz, Douglas Kearney, and Anne Carson.
Poet Alejandro Duarte and fiction writer Adrian McBride listen as Cathy introduces the next writing exercise.
A busy table shows poets and writers at work.
Poets Keayva Mitchell and Victoria Lynne McCoy take a break during the 6 hour workshop to glam the camera.
The camera goes off from the table's perspective and captures poet F. Douglas Brown deep in thought contemplating a poem by Anne Carson.
At the end of a successful workshop, everyone gathers for a group photo in our beloved WE Labs conference room.
From left to right:
Adrian McBride, Cathy Linh Che, F. Douglas Brown, Nancy Lynee Woo, Alejandro Duarte, Tina Matuchniak, Danielle Mitchell, Victoria Lynne McCoy, Melissa Sipin-Gabon, and LeAnne Hunt (not pictured: Keayva Mitchell)
Let the magic begin! Cathy Linh Che takes the stage in Downtown Long Beach
Opening with a poem from Split
Recent PEN Emerging Voices fellow, Nancy Lynee Woo reads poems from her manuscript in progress.
Nancy is one of the first members to ever attend Poetry Lab. Now she is publisher of Lucid Moose Lit, a social-justice themed literary press.
Recent Brooklynite returned to Southern California, Victoria Lynne McCoy reads poems from her manuscript "Wet Reckless"
Victoria's work has appeared in The Paris-American, PANK, and is forthcoming in Blackbird.
When an audience is this sexy, it deserves a snapshot from the stage!
From left to right:
Cathy Linh Che, Victoria Lynne McCoy, Nancy Lynee Woo (yes, it's great that their middle names are very similar!)
Featured readers pose with the night's MC.
The engigmatic Doctor Ka doing is DJ thang!
It is customary to end a poetry reading with a dance party.
Stranded Artist 2015: a massive success! We will return in 2016 with another amazing day of poetry, stay tuned!